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Extremely interesting and definitely scary. This is a must hear, I don't care who you like or don't like, you do like and love your parents, just listen to what is currently in the Health CareBill. Has not been mentioned anywhere until today.
LISTEN TO BETSY MCCAUGHEY EXPOUND ON PARTS OF THE hidden part of the PROPOSED NEW HEALTH BILL IS VERY FRIGHTENING.
Click here: Fred Thompson: Interviews
Listen to the link above, and get the word out on what is hidden in the proposed health care package. This will affect all of us.
On Page 425 of Obama's health care bill, the Federal Government will require EVERYONE who is on Social Security to undergo a counseling session every
Origins: One of the common claims made about the health care reform bill currently before
The portion of bill in question (Section 1233) reads as follows:
(A) An explanation by the practitioner of advance care planning, including key questions and considerations, important steps, and suggested people to talk to.
(B) An explanation by the practitioner of advance directives, including living wills and durable powers of attorney, and their uses.
(C) An explanation by the practitioner of the role and responsibilities of a health care proxy.
(D) The provision by the practitioner of a list of national and State-specific resources to assist consumers and their families with advance care planning, including the national toll-free hotline, the advance care planning clearinghouses, and State legal service organizatons.
(E) An explanation by the practitioner of the continuum of end-of-life services and supports available, including palliative care and hospice, and benefits for such services and supports that are available under this title.
(F)(i) Subject to clause (ii), an explanation of orders regarding life sustaining treatment or similar orders, which shall
These consultations are not mandatory, and they have nothing to do with encouraging or pushing "euthanasia" on
Q: Then what's all the fuss about?
A: A provision in the House bill would allow Medicare to pay doctors for voluntary counseling sessions that address end-of-life issues. The conversations between doctor and patient would include living wills, making a close relative or a trusted friend your health care proxy, learning about hospice as an option for the terminally ill, and information about pain medications for people suffering chronic discomfort.
Q: Does the bill advocate assisted suicide?
A: No. It would block funds for counseling that presents suicide or assisted suicide as an option.
This measure would allow Medicare to pay doctors for taking the time to talk with individuals about difficult end-of-life care decisions. It would help provide people with better information on the positives and
Facing a terminal disease or debilitating accident, some people will choose to take every possible life-saving measure in the hopes that treatment or even a cure will allow them more time with their families. Others will decide that additional treatment would impose too great a burden — emotional, physical and
This measure would not only help people make the best decisions for themselves, but also better ensure that their wishes are followed.
No. This has become one of the most misleading, inflammatory claims made in the healthcare debate, advanced repeatedly by conservative commentators such as Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity and Republican lawmakers working to stoke fears among seniors.
Rep. Virginia Foxx recently suggested that the Democratic healthcare bill would "put seniors in a position of being put to death by their government." There is no such provision.
The House bill would give seniors on Medicare the choice to sit down with a doctor for an "advance care planning consultation" every five years to discuss options should they become seriously ill or unable to make medical decisions. Topics could include the development of a living will and directives for care.
"These are important discussions everyone should have so they are fully informed and can make their wishes known," Dr. J. James Rohack, president of the American Medical Assn., said in a statement. "That's not controversial. It's plain old-fashioned patient-centered care."
Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa, top Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, said in a statement that the provision had been dropped from consideration because it could be misinterpreted or implemented incorrectly.
Goforth, Michael. "AARP Rebuts Claims of Health Care Reform Impact on Seniors." TCPalm.com. 28 July 2009. Levey, Noam N. "Separating Facts from the Fiction." Los Angeles Times. 10 August 2009 (p. A9). Associated Press. "No 'Death Panel' in Health Care Bill." The New York Times. 10 August 2009.